Course Title: Regional Planning Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Regional Planning Project

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Susie Moloney

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2885

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B8, L11

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Rural and Regional Planning will introduce you to the social, economic and environmental trends shaping planning policy and practice in rural and regional contexts. The course challenges you to explore contemporary planning issues and key theoretical frameworks in regional planning and to use qualitative and quantitative research to devise strategic planning solutions. It introduces you to conceptual and practical approaches to rural and regional planning at the strategic level; challenges you to assess current planning policies in light of current and future trends; and invites an appreciation of the dynamic economies, societies and environments that characterise and are shaped by rural and regional Australia.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Identify and describe regions based on physical, geographical, land use, environment, social, economic and cultural characteristics;

• Outline and review key contemporary planning challenges and opportunities in rural and regional contexts;

• Use quantitative and qualitative research to explore and describe planning issues in rural and regional Victoria and devise strategic planning solutions;

• Analyse policy documents and strategies and evaluate their relevance and application;

• Communicate strategic planning policy in collaborative settings.

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

• Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving urban and regional problems in diverse contexts and assessing implications of decisions and actions.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures, workshops, guest presentations, field visits, group discussion, and group and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for planning students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies [].

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include a short essay, the development of a modified planning policy and the presentation of both policy and research. The total required total word length for the assessment tasks will be 4,000 words or equivalent.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include essays, the development of a modified planning policy and the presentation of both policy and research.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: